LOS ANGELES, CA Tuesday Dec.12.2006 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Audioslave's Chris Cornell is coming out with a second solo album featuring a an unlikely cover song.

The rocker does what is reported to be a mind-blowing rendition of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, and says the original will hardly be recognizable.

Cornell explained the unconventional choice, saying, "There was once a time when Michael Jackson was cool. He was once at the cutting edge of music, even though it was pop."

"There were two things about the song that appealed to me -the song is quite dark and I knew I could make it in to my own, like Johnny Cash did it with Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" and Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."

"If I've played it for someone in the studio, it takes them a little while to realise what the song is. I think it's a moving song and covering Michael Jackson is the last thing anyone would expect from me. It's an odd choice for a cover song."

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